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NWC says 5 prosecuted for $7.5m in outstanding balances

Published:Saturday | December 2, 2017 | 10:01 AM

The National Water Commission (NWC) is reporting that five persons from the Parish of St Catherine were prosecuted during October for outstanding balances totalling $7.5 million combined.

They are Anthony Hugh White, Dane Madden, Jermaine Callum, Nathan Lee Durkey and Juliet Henry.

They are all from Portmore and Spanish Town communities.

The NWC says three other persons opted to settle their debts totalling Six Hundred Thousand Dollars in a last ditched effort to avoid Court proceedings.

The NWC within a three month period has so far prosecuted over 50 persons in its Eastern Division, having strengthened its compliance departments to rigorously go after the billions owed in revenue. 

Regional Customer Service Manager for St Catherine, Jennifer Wright, says delinquency and theft contribute significantly to the Commission’s revenue losses each year and these losses will be aggressively tackled in an effort to reduce the amount.

She says the NWC is open to facilitating payment arrangements for those customers who are faced with a challenge in paying their water bills.  

Additionally, persons who have illegally connected to the Commission’s network can also visit any commercial office to become legitimate customers.    

The company is urging persons not to illegally connect to its network and is asking the public to report any suspicion of an illegal connection to any NWC office.